Tesco is not always the cheapest. Here are some price comparisons
Tesco is the UKs largest retailer, and controls -about one third of the UK grocery market
After large superstores are built on the edge-of-towns local speciality shops and convenience stores lose somewhere between 20% and 75% of their market. As a result, staff get laid off or businesses close entirely. (source: Barton, Grant & Guise (2002) ‘Shaping Nelghbourhoods: ‘A Guide for Health, Sustainability and vitality)
Using a system known as “Last Minute Logistics” lorries travel considerable distances to top up Tesco stores on a daily basis as stores carry very little stock
“Our market share of UK retailing is 12.5%- that leaves 87.5% to go after” (Sir Tom Leahy, Chief Executive, Tesco. Interviewed in “Management Today”.
At the current rate of growth Tesco could control 40-50% of the grocery market in 5 to 10 years
In 2000, small shops in rural areas were closing at the rate of 300 a year. (The Grocer, 31 March 2001).
Small stores and Farm Gate sales in the Manningtree area will be at risk.
On average, for every £1.00 spent in a supermarket, 90 pence leaves the area. (source: The money tril: Measuring Your Impact on the Local Market using LM3 (2002). New Economics Foundation and the Countryside Agency)
In 2006 there were 175 local campaigns against supermarket proposals. 138 of these were against Tesco.